“In the air, Sreesanth takes it, India wins! Unbelievable scenes here at the Bull Ring!” Well, if you remember this epic commentary by Ravi Shastri, you want Sreesanth to make a comeback in the toughest T20 league. The right-arm fast bowler was at the receiving end of a spot-fixing scandal during an IPL game.
This meant that he was banned by the BCCI and he was unable to participate in any competitive tournament. Talking about his past, he was the first bowler from Kerala to claim a hattrick in a Ranji game. Later on, he has drafted into the ODI squad and a series of consistent performances meant that he was included in the Test team too.
Sreesanth can swing the ball both ways and one of the most memorable performances produced by the fast bowler was when he took 5-40 during a Test match against South Africa. Sreesanth is making a comeback after his exile for cricket.
Outside the cricketing world, he is a student of Psychology. Let us hope that his return to the IPL is an impressive one as he is looking forward to making a name for himself this season.
Here are 3 IPL teams that might pick S Sreesanth in the auction:
1. Kings XI Punjab
The fans might witness a homecoming as S Sreesanth might be drafted by the Kings XI Punjab. The Kings XI had a hot-and-cold tournament as they choked during the initial part of the season. The absence of a proper death bowler never helped them to win matches during the season.
At crucial stages, they leaked runs, and hence, the efforts given by the batsmen went in vain. It looks like the Kings XI might opt for an experienced bowler in the form of S Sreesanth. The right-arm quick bowler was a member of the Kings XI squad and was their frontline pacer during the initial seasons of the tournament.
He has played in 44 IPL matches and has taken 40 wickets. As Punjab felt the absence of a proper death bowler for most of the season, the inclusion of an Indian pacer might help them to strengthen their bowling unit.
Sreesanth was a member of the Indian team that won the World Cup in 2011. Therefore, he knows how to hold his nerves in pressure situations. With KL Rahul captaining the side once again, Sreesanth might be a valuable addition to the squad.
2. Rajasthan Royals
The Royals had a poor outing during the thirteenth season of the IPL. Although they had the best overseas combination in their arsenal, they failed to make it to the playoffs. Now, as they have decided to release Varun Aaron ahead of the fourteenth edition of the IPL, there is a spot for an Indian pacer.
With multiple names coming up, S Sreesanth might make it to the Royals squad this year. Sreesanth was representing the Rajasthan Royals when he suffered because of his involvement in the fixing scandal. It might be a sweet return to franchise cricket if Sreesanth contributes to the team’s cause this year.
Rajasthan has a plethora of match-winners in their squad. And, the inclusion of Sreesanth, along with a perfect team combination, might do the trick for the management. Sreesanth can pick up the wickets during the powerplay overs.
He has the potential to swing the ball both ways, which can be of great use as the fielding team looks to pressurize the opposition batsmen. The presence of international stars like Jofra Archer will help Sreesanth to redeem himself. Hence, Rajasthan might be the franchise to pick up Sreesanth in their squad.
3. Chennai Super Kings
The three-time champions had their worst season in terms of performance during the thirteenth edition of the IPL. With multiple senior members bidding adieu, the management may include Sreesanth in their playing eleven. Under MS Dhoni, the fast bowler has been able to live up to the expectations, which might help him to find his rhythm in the most competitive league.
If Sreesanth is sold to a team, it is most likely that the franchise will be the Chennai Super Kings. Sreesanth can swing the ball both ways. Therefore, he can be an apt backup option for Chahar and Thakur if any one of them gets injured.
With an experience of 44 IPL games, Sreesanth has the maturity to bowl in the right areas if the batsman decides to go after him. For a team entering into transition, the presence of a returning player might do the trick. After a disastrous IPL season, Dhoni will be looking to ensure that CSK manage to enter the playoffs.
Next year, a mega-auction is scheduled, and it’s not known who will join which team. This edition of the IPL might be the last one for Dhoni, and the presence of a pacer who was a member of World Cup-winning squads might help the captain to redeem himself. Therefore the Chennai Super Kings might include S Sreesanth in their playing eleven.
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